Read Across America Day (also known as Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!) is March 2nd. If you are trying to figure out some quick, last minute lesson ideas, take a look at the ones below. Not only are they fun, but they can open students’ eyes to a world outside of the classroom.
Read Across America Day Ideas for Kids
1. So Skype!
Why share Read Across America Day with just your own students when you could read to the world? Contact your teaching friends in other parts of the country, or world, and set up a Skype chat between your classroom and theirs. Students from each class can take turns reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books or sharing stories that they are working on in class.
2. Grandparents Galore
Invite grandparents to come and spend some time in your classroom on Read Across America Day. They can share their favorite books with your students and listen as their grandchild reads aloud to them. For students without grandparents close by, pair them with those that come to visit the class. Let the grandparents know ahead of time that they will be having special time with a few children and not just their own grandchild. You could also invite parents, aunts, and uncles.
3. Community Volunteers
You will be surprised how many community helpers and volunteers are willing to come read to your students. It is a great way to involve the community and make children more aware of those in their neighborhood. Your school’s Safety Resource Officer, a local firefighter, and a nurse or doctor from the local hospital would all be excellent choices for guest readers.
4. Book Drive
Instead of focusing on what reading can do for them, have students focus on what reading can do for others. Hold a book or magazine drive to collect donations for local shelters, hospitals, and other community agencies that would benefit from children’s book donations. For reading practice, allow students to read the book they are donating before placing it in the collection bin.
5. Awesome Authors
You may not be able to bring your favorite children’s book author into the classroom, but chances are that you can find him or her reading one of your favorite books on YouTube. Find and preview a few videos of your students’ favorite authors reading their books and watch them in class. You could also videotape your students reading their favorite books and post them to your password protected classroom website or blog.
What are some of your favorite activities for Read Across America Day? Do you have a set of lessons that you enjoy using every year? Share your ideas below!